HPU’s Cell-Art Collaborative Hosted Experiment Day for Local Students

High Point University biology students, like Nathan Grinalds (right), show local students how science and art can be integrated during Cell-Art Collaborative’s Experiment Day.

HIGH POINT, N.C., Date, 2020 – High Point University’s Cell-Art Collaborative hosted its fifth annual Experiment Day, inviting students from the local community to explore the ways science and art can be integrated.

On Feb. 29, a group of students spent the day collaborating with undergraduate science majors on various experiments, where art and science intersected. Experiment Day is hosted by HPU’s Cell-Art Collaborative each year and was started by Dr. Veronica Segarra, assistant professor of biology in the Wanek School of Natural Sciences.

“This event provides a great opportunity to build community,” said Segarra. “HPU students volunteer and guide local students through experiments, exposing participants to STEM and establishing themselves as mentors.”

Event participants had the opportunity to conduct a number of experiments, from using a microscope to look at cells and printing those images, to making candy DNA and so much more.

“I think it’s good to get students interested in STEM activities at an early age,” said Meaghan Robinson, sophomore biology major on a pre-med track. “These experiments are really fun, and it allows participants to see what they are able to do in the future.”

The Cell-Art Collaborative Exhibit will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on April 25 in the Wanek School of Natural Sciences. The event is free and open to the public. The students’ artwork will be on display, and featured speaker and scientist-artist Casey Garr will talk about the ways she has used art to communicate health and safety to communities abroad.

The exhibit aligns with DNA day, which aims to build relationships between research entities in North Carolina and local students as well as nurture in our students a love for outreach and service.

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